Tulane Football Completes First Practice in Birmingham at Samford University



Birmingham, Ala. - Less than 24 hours after making the five-hour trip from New Orleans to Birmingham in an effort to escape the approaching Hurricane Isaac, the Tulane football team returned to its game week preparation with a two and a half hour practice this morning at Seibert Stadium on the campus of Samford University.

This morning, rainy conditions greeted the Green Wave and was steady for the first two hours of practice. TU did its walk-through and stretching in a gymnasium before heading outside to complete Tuesday's preparation. Today marked just the second time since fall camp started on Aug. 6 that the Green Wave practiced in inclement conditions and the team responded with flying colors according to its first-year head coach.

"I was very happy with the way we practiced today," TU head coach Curtis Johnson said. "I thought we really answered the call with the rainy conditions. We started out in the gymnasium with our walk-through. When we came outside, we didn't slow down because it was raining. We fought through it. When the rain stopped, I thought we took it up a notch and ended a good note. In fact, we went a little longer today because I liked what I saw.

"I am very appreciative to the Samford University and its administration for allowing us to use their facilities. They have a very impressive campus and I know our players love their cafeteria."

Tulane is following in its same footsteps as it did in 2008 when the Wave was forced to evacuate New Orleans ahead of Hurricane Gustav. TU also made Birmingham its temporary headquarters and practiced at Samford Stadium prior to its season opener against Alabama that season.

Seven Green Wave seniors were on the team that evacuated to Birmingham in 2008, including Casey Blum, John Edwards, Darryl Farley, Ryan Griffin, Alex Lauricella, Eric Jones and D.J. Ponder.



Tulane will once again practice at Seibert Stadium from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Green Wave is slated to begin its first season under head coach Curtis Johnson at home in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this Saturday in a nationally-televised game on the CBS College Sports Network against the Scarlet Knights at 7 p.m.

Tulane will return to campus as soon as it is deemed safe.